Your body speaks… what is your physical symptom telling you?
Updated: Aug 29
We live in a constant changing world, in which the holistic perspective of the human being is accepted more and more. This means that every human being is an integrated physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual unity, and any one of these dimensions interpenetrate and define one another. Science shows us many examples where genetic, environmental, psychological, social and emotional aspects of a human being are in total interdependency. Epigenetic studies reveal how identical twins that are born with the exact genome often develop different diseases when they age. Researchers examine the relationship between genetic and environmental influences and how it turns on and off specific genes. It is really important to start treating the physical symptoms, not only from the medical perspective. The human body is very intelligent and it communicates all the time. You can start questioning how your lifestyle, your behaviors, and the way you manage your emotions, are affecting or leading you to develop some diseases. One way to get a better understanding of your symptom, and to find out what it is trying to tell you, is to become responsible of all your emotional states and use them to lead yourself towards personal growth.
Selye’s general adaptation syndrome describes the long lasting negative effects of stress, when the stressful situation continues for a long time and the person does not resolve it. Your body will automatically use all its natural mechanisms to respond to the stressor trying to keep homeostasis. Nonetheless, prolonged or chronic stress drains your physical, emotional, and mental resources to the point where your body is no longer able to cope with it, therefore, causing long-term problems. The symptom has a biological and a symbolic nature, which can give us important clues to find its real meaning. Biodecoding approach has done a great job on this field helping to understand the emotions that are hidden behind the symptom of a disease. For instance, a person’s allergy to roses might be linked to a painful past experience that happened close to a rose tree. Eczema might mean “I miss you”, “I break my skin to increase contact”; an UTI: “I need to mark my territory”; a tendonitis in your shoulder: “I have too much responsibility”; Bruxismo: “At night, I express what I don’t say during the day”; Osteoporosis might mean “I have nothing to live for… My kids are gone, I don’t have anybody to take care of”. Anemia causes tiredness or fatigue and it could mean “I don’t want to spend time with people”. Of course, the meaning of the symptom must be explained based on each person’s experiences and it varies from person to person.
My invitation for you is to start having a conversation with your body. If you have a physical symptom, or one of those emotions that sometimes are called “negative emotions”, make a pause, and ask that part of yourself: what do you want to tell me? Your body is your beautiful earth suit that you use to experience life, and it speaks through thoughts, sensations and emotions. Listen to it!